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|How Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) began :
Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) started through my researching the internet for any available information on standardbreds and seeing if any such programmes already existed.
I owned my first standardbred at the age of 17, when I worked in a training establishment. The horse had been retired because of injury and I approached the owner, to see if I could have him. I had Billy for two years before I sold him on to a new home.
Two months later I changed jobs and was gifted another standardbred (Shakespeare). This was the beginning of a never ending line of horses that for one reason or another were sent to me to be re-located to new homes.
Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) was run on a trial basis for six months to assess demand. Once a client base and structure was set up, it seemed to become a snowball effect.
This programme is loosely based on similar programmes in America and Canada.
Training Programme :
I am employed at Addington Raceway in Christchurch and am therefore in contact with a most of the trainers, owners and drivers in the Canterbury area. I am approached by any of the above people about their horse and I travel to their property to inspect the horse. If the horse is accepted into the programme it is signed over to Adopt A Standardbred (NZ).
The horse then starts a programme consisting of the following:
After contacting Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) the potential client is matched with a horse that is suitable eg size, temperament and ability. The client then makes an appointment to visit the horses. We can generally have three to four horses available for clients to choose from.
Once a client decides upon a particular horse the process of adoption starts.
There is a contract to be signed specifying the conditions of the sale and to make sure that the horse in question will be properly looked after. If the horse is sold on in the future we are to be notified so we can monitor the movements and homes of the horses.
There is a standard two week trial for every horse and during that time there is an inspection of the clients property. The trial is used to make sure that the horse, the client and of course we are satisfied that the horses future will be a positive one.
If the client decides to purchase the horse (a standard $400 fee) they are give an adoption certificate, and feed voucher from our major sponsors "Dunstan Extruded Horse Feeds" (Camtech Ltd).
Jason rides the horses for the first time.
I am lucky to have such a dedicated and loyal group of volunteers to help educate the horses. At present we have 12 volunteers who work with the horses at various stages during the week and weekends. The volunteers range in ages from 14 year olds to 55 years old.
Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) can often be seen in a large group on road rides around it's base in Wigram which is on the outskirts of Christchurch.
Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) is hoping to have it own show in January next year to promote the horses and invite people who own other breeds of horses to see what the Standardbred can do.
Another line of promotion is our new internet site. The site is run in conjuction with the Horse Talk website. The address is www.horsetalk.co.nz. We hope to advertise our up coming events and hopefully in the future advertise the horses on the internet. There will also be a list of sponsors in the near future.
Funding for Adopt A Standardbred (NZ) is currently supplied through the sale of horses and myself. We are gifted money and horses equipment from generous members of the public and of course feed from our sponsor "Dunstan Extruded Horse Feeds".
As far as my qualifications for running this programme, I have worked in two racing stables (3 years), completed the New Zealand Harness Racing Cadet Scheme ( 3 years), yearling and broodmare sales preparation and employment at Addington Raceway (4 ½ years). I have been riding horses since I was 12 years old and I am 24 years old now.
I hope that this gives you a good background on Adopt A Standardbred (NZ), but if you do have any further queries please don't hesitate to contact me.
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